April 28 - Japan's All Nippon Airways tests its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner since overheating batteries forced the fleet grounded worldwide. Lindsey Parietti reports.
A Japanese airline sends its first Dreamliner into the skies since a battery malfunction grounded the planes in January. All Nippon Airways was the second airline to test the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after aviation regulators gave the go ahead on Friday. The fleet was grounded three months ago after the batteries on an ANA and a Japan Airlines plane overheated. The company's president was on board the two-hour flight that took off from Tokyo Sunday, as well as Boeing CEO of Commercial Airplanes Ray Conner. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT & CEO OF BOEING COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES, RAY CONNER, SAYING: "After 3 months, it's a terrific feeling to have ANA's 787 back in the air, and I am very pleased to say that it was a perfect flight on a perfect day." Boeing's battery fix has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The reinforced batteries are now installed in a sealed enclosure to contain any heat, fumes or flames from overheating. ANA, which owns 17 of the 50 Dreamliners in circulation, plans more than 200 test flights through May before resuming commercial operations in June.